Senator Rand Paul’s strategy on abortion continues to pay dividends for the Republican Party.
On Fox News, Megyn Kelly and Democrat Party Leader Debbie Wasserman Schultz recently went round and round on the Democrats’ contention that abortion should be between a woman and her doctor, without state involvement. This new narrative is spectacular, as it truly focuses attention on the fact that more Americans agree with Republicans (and not Democrats) on the abortion issue.
Megyn Kelly: You and Rand Paul have had this dust up about abortion. I understand it’s strange that Paul is fighting with you a little bit, but it does bring up a serious issue as between the two parties in particular. And he keeps saying to the reporters who want him to say whether he supports rape and incest exceptions to abortion, he hasn’t been explicit on that to your point, he hasn’t.
He keeps saying, ask Debbie Wasserman-Schultz when life begins. When does she believe life begins, can you answer that question?
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: The question that he was asked, and that he’s trying to deflect from by pushing it on me is, does he support exceptions to his opposition to a woman’s right to make her own choices.
Megyn Kelly: I know. I concede that point. He’s not been explicit on it. But I am wondering about you, because I have you tonight.
Debbie Wasserman Schutlz: From my perspective, from my party’s perspective, we do not support rolling back the protection that the constitutional right to make your own reproductive choices established in Roe versus Wade has given to women. And Republicans like Rand Paul did.
Megyn Kelly: This is such a dicey issue, and the American public is very divided on this, as you know, it’s not like 90% of the public supports abortion, they do not.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: The majority support a woman’s right to choose.
Megyn Kelly: 80% of the public is against abortion in the third trimester. And almost 65% are against an abortion in the second trimester. So people are divided on this and that goes to his point that…
The state does have rights to set limits. So he’s trying to get to the Democrats position on at what point is it appropriate to say, it’s no longer just between a woman and her doctor.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: What is appropriate from our perspective? I’ll speak for myself, but I think I can speak for most in my party. A woman’s right to make her own decisions about her body should be between her and her doctor. And that in terms of personal liberty, we definitely have a different opinion, Rand Paul and I do. And there is a Supreme Court decision that answers those questions for us and subsequent Supreme Court decisions that —
Megyn Kelly: That Supreme Court decision, Casey says the state has a say, and the state can set limits.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: That’s right, and the states can make the decisions.
Megyn Kelly: But what is recognized is that it’s not just between a woman and her doctor, that the state has a right to step in on behalf of the fetus and say at some point that fetus does obtain rights. You would admit that you can’t have women aborting third-trimester babies just on a whim? Right? So you would agree that there are some limits.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Certainly not on a whim, but when a doctor —
Megyn Kelly: That’s what he’s trying to get at.